My students are adventurous fifth graders who are ambitious and fun loving. This group of students is extremely special to me as I have been their teacher for not only 5th grade, but also 4th grade. Through this experience, I have learned a great deal about how amazing each and every one of them are. While many of the students receive free and reduced lunch at our school, the student's optimism and passion for learning never falters.
These students are truly remarkable in every way and deserve the best learning environment possible.
The 26 students I've gotten to share the past two years with have grown so much as individuals and together as a group. They are dreamers, thinkers, doers, and a very self-motivated bunch. Thus far, they do not even realize all that they are capable of in their lives.
While having the opportunity to have the same students for two years, I learned quickly which novels were the most effective both academically and in interest for 4th and 5th grade students. The City of Ember and The Wild Robot both are wonderful novels that allow for students to fall in love with reading, while practicing multiple reading skills. These novels both allow for STEAM activities to easily be drawn into our literature block as well. For example, The City of Ember is a story about an underground city with a generator set to expire after 220 years. From this novel, we can explore the pipeworks system created by the inventors many years ago, ways to help the citizens of Ember get out safety with the invention of boats, and discover how to make mini-greenhouses. These STEAM activities will seamlessly bridge content areas in a meaningful way for my students.
My students can learn about theme, point of view, story structure, and character analysis while enjoying literature that promotes balanced literacy and STEAM education.
My hope is to read these novels as a class, model skills together, and then allow for students to complete independent or group activities based upon the books. We've been limited to one or two copies of each of the books before which makes it difficult for students to really dive into the text.
I have also added in three additional texts to use for read alouds in our classroom. The texts selected will also prompt discussions for a variety of purposes.
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